I have always been really passionate about make-up but did not know the importance of make-up brushes, until three years ago when I really started getting into make-up seriously. The tools we use to apply our make-up are just as important as the make-up products we use. The first brushes I purchased was my Real Techniques brushes. They are affordable, great quality and highly recommended by YouTubers and beauty bloggers/magazines. I LOVE them! They also look really pretty in my bedroom. I am not a trained make-up artist, but have picked up tricks and tips through my performance work and gigs
The brushes are synthetic, so you can use them with liquid and powder products. The bristles are super soft and plush. They apply make-up flawlessly! The brushes come in sets or you can buy individual brushes. I started off buying three of the sets as I found this was a good start in learning, how to apply make-up effectively. I bought the Core Collection, Travel Essentials and Starter Set. When I bought these, they completely changed my make-up game. I felt so much happier with the results I was achieving with my make-up. I then went on to buy a number of the individual brushes too. Real Techniques is formed by two sisters called Sam and Nic Chapman. They are both British make-up artists that have launched themselves in the make-up industry by uploading make-up tutorials and tips on their YouTube channel- Pixiwoo. I have followed them for as long as I can remember. These Real Techniques brushes were an amazing start point when trying to achieve the make-up looks I always wanted. If you are a make-up enthusiast and want to invest in affordable make-up brushes these are for you.
The Core Collection consists of (L-R) buffing brush, contour brush, pointed foundation brush and detailer brush. The buffing brush is great for getting a full coverage either for liquid foundation, powder foundation and mineral powders. I personally use it to apply my BB cream in the morning and it works a treat! The contour brush I use for different things such as applying powder highlighter or to blend in a liquid contour. It really blends the products into the skin well. The pointed foundation brush is meant to be used to apply liquid foundation, but I use it to apply cream highlighter as it applies the product seamlessly. I found the brushes can be used for different functions that do not relate to the name they are given. This is ok as everyones face size and shape is different, so different brushes will work well doing different things. The detailer brush can be used to apply lipstick or when using concealer. I use it mainly with concealer to hide those annoying pimples! The Core Collection is a great set to use for base make-up- foundation, concealer and highlighter. It is great! RRP- £21.99.
The Starter Set consists of (L-R) deluxe crease brush, base shadow brush, brow brush, fine eyeliner brush and accent brush. This set of brushes are great for creating vibrant eye looks. The deluxe crease brush is one of my faves. It fits really well in the contours of my eyes, I use it to apply the transition colour on my eyelid. It applies the colour perfectly and exactly where I want it to be. RESULT! I use the base shadow brush to add colour (eyeshadow) to the eyelid smoothly. I also use it to set the eyeshadow base I use so that my eyeshadow all blends nicely. The brow brush is a lovely little brush as I use it to define my brows using powder and I also use it to add eyeshadow to my lower lash line. It applies the eyeshadow densely if you are going for a dramatic eye look. Personally I do not use the fine eyeliner brush a lot, as I already have an eyeliner brush that is my go-to brush for a strong winged eyeliner. When I used it I felt the bristles needed to be denser for precision. I love the accent brush, it has the smallest, dense bristles for detailing work on my eyes. RRP- £20.99.
The Travel Essentials consists of (L-R) multi task brush, domed shadow brush and essential foundation brush. This set of brushes are really diverse as you can use each one for a number of different purposes. The multi task brush is great for applying powder products such as bronzer or blusher. I also use it for mineral foundation from time to time. This brush is permanently in my make-up bag. The domed shadow brush has tapered bristles which I find is great for defining the eyes when applying eyeshadow. I use it to add highlight to the brow bone too. I use the essential foundation brush if I am not using a sponge to apply my foundation. It is my go-to foundation brush as it applies my liquid foundation flawlessly and fast! I have used it on public transport before shows and it has never let me down This set is really good when travelling and you do not want to take loads of brushes with you. As I travel a lot these are always with me when I am out and about. RRP- £20.99
Individual brushes (L-R) expert face brush (£9.99), sculpting brush (£9.99), fan brush, stippling brush (£11.99), blush brush (£9.99) and powder brush (£12.99). The expert face brush is incredible as it applies matte foundations on really smoothly as it has compact, dense, plush bristles. If I am going for a very matte base, such as MAC Studio Fix Fluid this is the brush to apply this type of foundation with. I would recommend giving this brush a deep clean after a few uses as it does have really plush bristles and product just sticks to the bristles. I use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
The sculpting face brush, fan brush and setting brush which is not on the photo above but you can see on the photo below, are all part of the Sam Chapman Collector’s Edition Sculpting Set, RRP- £20.99. This is a limited edition set and if you do not have one, go to your local Superdrug or Boots and get one now! It goes out of stock very quickly. This set is great for your highlight and contouring needs. The sculpting brush applies my darker contour shade effortlessly and smoothly to accentuate my cheekbones. I sometimes use the sides of the brush to contour my nose. The fan brush adds a strong highlight if that is the look you are going for. For a softer highlight I would use the setting brush that you can see below. I LOVE the setting brush. It sets my concealer and I use it for highlight. I use it everyday.
Going back to the photo above, the stippling brush is great for packing product onto the skin. It is a dual-fibre brush that gives an airbrushed look. I use this brush to really pack concealer on. It gives great results. For blusher I cannot live without the blush brush! This is true, it is in my make-up bag and I always use this to apply my blusher. It is tapered which gives the blusher more depth when I apply it and it blends the blush in really well. Lastly the powder brush. The powder brush is big and seriously plush. I use it to dust my setting powder all over my face. It applies the product to the face evenly and I look air brushed after. It finishes your look in a good way.
Real Techniques brushes have a good price point and if you want great results for an affordable price, I highly recommend these brushes. As my make-up kit is growing and I do use brushes from other brands, I seem to always reach for my Real Techniques brushes. I use my brushes daily in my make-up routine for a number of looks. They are super versatile. The mixture of these brushes and your higher end brushes will give you a great make-up kit. Real Technique brushes are a great place to start. Sam and Nic Chapman have hundreds of YouTube tutorials using these brushes. I LOVE mine! Can you tell? I do want to try a few other products in their range such as the Real Techniques Miracle Complextion Sponge and see how this compares to my Beauty Blender. I also have my eyes on the Limited Edition Duo Fibre Collection. These brushes look really pretty and are very sturdy. Most of the brushes can stand on my dressing table so I do not get brushes rolling off, which can be annoying. I bought my brushes a long while ago, they have updated them. The colours of the handles are a lot more vibrant now. Real Techniques are constantly updating and releasing new products. I would really like to try the Bold Metals Collection and see how these compare to my higher end brushes as these have a higher price point than the Real Techniques brushes. Next time I pop to my local Boots or Superdrug I will pick these up
Thank you so much for reading this post This is not a sponsored post, I am truly obsessed with my Real Technique brushes! If you LOVE your Real Technique brushes or want more advice about them, then please do comment below. I am happy to help. If you know of any other amazing brushes with an affordable price point, do let me know and get in contact. Realistically buying high end brushes can be really weighty on the purse strings, so alternatives are always great! www.realtechniques.com ship their products all over the world. So if you are not based in the USA or UK, you can get your hands on them too. Remember to maintain your make-up brushes and give them a clean regularly. They will last longer and it is a lot more hygienic. If you have Real Technique brushes enjoy them and if you don’t, go and try them!